How much mobile data you need? And how much money do you need to spend on it? The answers to these questions will vary from user to user. But given the current data plan offered by telecom companies like Jio and Airtel, chances are that most people don’t need to spend more than Rs 100 if they are using a pre-paid SIM card. The rates have fallen so much in the last six months that now Rs 100 will get you enough data (and call value) to last you 28 days, which is the duration of most telecom plans nowadays.
Let me simplify this. If you see the usage that you are likely to get on a phone, most people can manage easily with 2GB data. Apart from using some 4G or 3G data daily, you will probably send a few SMS and will make some calls. So if there is a pre-paid plan that offers you 2GB high-speed data, unlimited calls and several hundred messages for 28 days, that should be enough. Right?
Sure, there will be some users who tend to be connected all the time using their phones, as well as like to watch videos on it. For then 2GB may not be enough. But I will talk about that in a while.
Even if you usage exceeds 2GB data somewhat, there are ways to manage. For example, if and when you are in your office or at home, you can use Wi-Fi. That will drastically reduce your cellular data use. And even if that is not a possibility, chances are that if you don’t YouTube videos or Facebook videos or don’t download every WhatsApp video sent to you, you can manage fine in 2GB data.
If you can — and again I believe most can — there are two plans that you should look at. One is the Rs 99 pre-paid plan from Airtel and the other is Rs 98 plan from Jio. Vodafone too probably has a similar plan, but the company advertise that. So ask your nearest Vodafone dealer.
Jio Rs 98 plan: Jio offers 2GB data along with unlimited voice calling, 300 SMS and Jio apps subscription for 28 days. So, basically you get almost everything that you would need in a phone plan with it. National roaming is included for both data and calls.
Airtel Rs 99 plan: Airtel has revamped the Rs 99 plan and that now offers 2GB data along with unlimited calling as well as 100 free SMS daily. This is again a complete plan because it offers both calling and data benefit. National roaming is included for both data and calls.
Now, there is one important bit to remember: Some of you may need more data. As I noted earlier, if you connect your phone to Wi-Fi in the evening when you are home, or when you are watching videos on it, 2GB 4G data will be more than enough. But what if you don’t access to Wi-Fi and you do tend to stream videos. This is where you will have spend some more money, around Rs 60 to be precise. If you spend around Rs 160 on your monthly plan, you can choose from following prepaid phone plans.
Jio Rs 149 plan: Jio offers 1.5GB data per day along with unlimited voice calls, data and SMS benefit for 28 days at Rs 149. There is 100 SMS per day and also access to Jio apps under this plan.
Airtel Rs 149 plan: Just like Jio, Airtel too offers Rs 149 prepaid plan. This one gives users unlimited local, STD and national roaming calls along with 1GB data per day. It also gives users 100 SMS with daily limit for 28 days.
Jio Rs 198 plan: Jio offers 2GB data per day along with unlimited voice calls, 100 SMS per day and access to Jio apps for 28 days. This is also one god plan because you get both data and calling benefits under Rs 200.
Vodafone Rs 198 plan: Vodafone offers 1.4GB 3G/4G data per day along with unlimited voice calls and 100 SMS per day for 28 days. Although, this is slightly expensive relative to Jio and Airtel plans, unfortunately for Vodafone users this is what the company advertises, although if you talk to your local Vodafone dealer he may offer some better plan.
Important: You may not see the plans discussed here on the websites of Airtel and Vodafone. Although the Jio plans you should see on the Jio website. This is because Jio plans are offered to all users and in almost all regions, Airtel and Vodafone are selective in offering their plans and on occasion have different rates in different regions as well as for different consumers.